A man who organised a drive-by shooting after his sports car was wrecked on a visit to the city has been jailed for 20 years.
Portia Taylor, 17, and Olushola Watson, 20, were injured after Daniel Mason drove from Birmingham to Manchester seeking vengeance.
Mason’s £45,000 Audi TT was attacked with a shopping trolley at the car park of Asda in Hulme on May 21 last year.
Hours earlier, Mason and pals had been involved in a peaceful protest about the death of a friend, Julian Webster, who died in mysterious circumstances on a night out on Deansgate Locks.
Two days later Mason returned to Manchester at the wheel of Seat Leon. His passenger Andre Chiverton was armed with an automatic pistol and opened fire
at a crowd of young people who had gathered at Great Western Street, Moss Side, for a barbecue.
Miss Taylor had been on her way to buy an ice cream when she was hit in the elbow and Mr Watson had been socialising with pals.
Philip Curran, prosecuting, told the Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing: “It’s a miracle that no-one was killed. It is doubtful that Miss Taylor and Mr Watson were the intended targets, it maybe others present were meant to be shot on that day.”
Mason, of Jervoise Drive, Birmingham, denied possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life during a trial, but his claim that he came to meet some girls and knew nothing of Chiverton’s intentions was rejected by the jury.
Chiverton, 29, of Peartree Lane, Warley, West Midlands, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing and was jailed for 14 years alongside Mason.
Chiverton’s defence was that there was ‘no pattern of behaviour’ to suggest he posed a risk to the public. He was said to have ‘acknowledged the wrong’ by pleading guilty, and to have shown a lack of guile once he had become involved in a ‘tentative plan’.
Mason was captured on CCTV drawing nearer to the pavement after Chiverton fired the first shot so that he could better aim the second.
Kevin Metzger, defending, said there was a ‘good side’ to Mason, and that he should be given the benefit of the doubt about the level of planning, suggesting he had only become aware of what was afoot after his friend had opened fire.
But Judge Martin Rudland, sentencing, said while he accepted the defendants had no links to gangs, he rejected claims that the drive-by had not been planned and said they were both ‘dangerous young men’.
Jailing them, he said: “The residents of Moss Side were congregating happily and peacefully in the sunshine.
“Some were anticipating a barbecue taking place – the sort of event which fosters goodwill and assists a community in building an optimistic future a world away from the type of criminal activity for which sometimes this area of Manchester can be notorious and which can so often overshadow the majority of law-abiding citizens who wish to live there in a civilised manner.
“Into that scene of peaceful socialising you both drove – in order deliberately to wreak havoc in the most peaceful way.”
The judge praised detectives for their work on the case and commended a witness who took down the number plate of the Seat Leon to receive a £250 reward.
Detective Constable Tony Simpson from the Major Incident Team said: "At the time of the shooting, there were many young families walking in the street and the nearby park, enjoying the sunshine and it was a miracle no one was killed.
"Both clearly thought they would take revenge for the incident at Asda and while I do not condone what happened, the action they took was completely irrational and was risking the lives of innocent members of the community."
Monday, 24 October 2011
A man who organised a drive-by shooting after his sports car was wrecked on a visit to the city has been jailed for 20 years.
Elijah Brown received seven years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery (reduced due to a guilty plea) and five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run concurrently.
He was also sentenced to seven years for possession of the same shotgun on the 8 September. This sentence was to run consecutively, giving a total of 14 years.
Joshua Parchment received 10 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run concurrently.
He was also sentenced to seven years for possession of the same shotgun on the 8 September. This sentence was to run consecutively, giving a total of 17 years.
Horace Ferguson received 10 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery five years for possession of a sawn off shotgun at Costco in March 2009. The sentences will run consecutively, giving a total of 15 years.
The men were arrested on Tuesday 8 September 2009 as a result of a proactive operation by West Midlands Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, during which a loaded sawn off single barrelled shotgun was recovered.
Det Insp Ian Green said: "These men posed a serious threat to their victims and the public and this is a significant result for WMP and our community."
The news of the sentences comes during a forcewide crackdown on robbers, codenamed operation Serve and Protect.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Now it's no secret that I'm a huge wrestling fan and since I was introduced to the phenomenon that is WWE (then WWF) I've been a follower of the business ever since. I was always a fan of those that had a stand out work rate and technically had a moveset that captivated me from talents such as Bret Hart & the late great Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig. But there was a new favourite superstar that made an impact with me as soon as I saw him and that was "The bad guy" Razor Ramon (Scott Hall).
Razor had it all the flashy bad guy attitude, with a keen sense of pizazz and coolness. He was oozing machismo and wasn't afraid of letting his opposition know it. And it wasn't just talk he could back it up in the ring.
When Razor left the WWF for WCW he part part of the nWo the coolest faction to grace professional wrestling and one of the reasons behind wrestling becoming the lucrative business it now is. He broke in the business in the 80s at a time when wrestlers were working on handshake deals and weren't getting guaranteed money but along with the rest of the Klique his business savvy made him one of the wrestlers that earned in the millions bracket.
In his career he had the mic skills, the look, the fan support, the ring work and everything else it take to be a World Champion but that was a feat he never reached. I had always wondered why but as Kayfabe broke and his demons that afflict his life such as battles with drug & alcohol surfaces it has now become clearer to me why he never held the most coveted gold.
I really hope Scott can get healthier than he is as he was a great performer and as much as he has put into the business it saddens me to see him in that state. It bears shades of the checkered life of Jake Roberts and very much resembles the life of "Randy the
Ram Robinson" in Dan Arnofskys "The Wrestler".
Scotts best friend & long time cohort, WWE Legend Kevin Nash said the following about Scott.
"I consider Scott like a brother. He’s much more than a friend. I have spent more time with Scott Hall in the last 18 years than I have with my wife in the 23 years we’ve been married. We have no secrets between each other. This is ‘real life’. Nobody knows what Scott has gone thru since early childhood to what he has gone thru up unto this point, except for me. I can tell you Scott Hall has neither a drug or alcohol addiction, Scott’s problem is he suffer’s from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Drugs and alcohol aren’t the problem, to Scott they are the solution. He is a fragile and broken human being, not a race horse that you take a whip to to perform. Scott Hall is in bad shape and each time I talk to him I feel it may be the last. It’s gotten to the point where I save his voice mails, much like I would’ve saved Andrew’s (Test), because I knew sometimes when I heard his message it could be the last." (Kevin Nash)
Let's send our thoughts prayers and well wishes to scott and his family as when we see a man that has lived life on the razors edge, consumed by a business of entertaining we owe him that much at least. Peace
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Along with Craig (Real Action) and Nathan (Go Gettaz) I had the opportunity to chop it up with Ted here's some info on who he is, where he's come from and where he's trying to go. -Fonz
Ted Sutton says gangster life in Baltimore is worse than on TV
Ted Sutton joined a gang at the age of 14 and for the next decade watched people around him die in some of Baltimore's roughest districts.
He said: "I got caught up with a rough crowd, I started carrying a gun, then a sawn-off shotgun. I felt I belonged but I didn't know the price you paid for life on the streets.
"I got into my early 20s - then bad things started to happen all around me. My best friend died in my arms, he was gunned down. Another friend got a life sentence plus 20 years in prison. He'll never be out.
"My other friend was paralyzed from the neck down by a bullet. Someone else got through $175,000 of crack cocaine in a year.
"That same year my girlfriend died of cancer."
Ted thinks that there are up to 3,000 people involved in gangs in Baltimore at any one time. And he's trying to help them change their lives.
He said: "I was looking at a 15-year sentence for something I didn't do - instead of for all the things I did do wrong."But the judge dismissed all the charges. I went on to get two Masters degrees. I was given a second chance, most people aren't going to get that."
Ted thinks The Wire has been a mixed blessing for his city.
He said: "It's done an injustice to us and to Baltimore. It's glorified that lifestyle but it has let the world know how it went down."
Ted said the life of gang members was even worse than portrayed in The Wire: "Along with the money comes all the legal issues - we weren't out partying all the time. You always had to watch your back."
And he rejected the idea that some young people had no choice but to join gangs.
"I don't ever feel that people are forced to join gangs but if you are not strong then you will join. The problem is the kids' reality has been twisted.
"They think that if you get good grades you are a nerd, or if you put your hand up in class you are a punk.
"We are trying to change that."
Urban Youth in America is a collection of footage filmed by Mr. Ted Sutton while traveling the country saving the lives of young men "caught up" in the street life.
check it out below!
Edward 'Ted' Sutton
Edward 'Ted' Sutton is the CEO & Founder of Sutton House Inc, and CEO & Founder of The Ministers of Defense. He is a man devoted to changing the lives of young men in Baltimore and around the world who find themselves hopelessly lost in gang life. A troubled youth himself, Mr. Sutton's philosophy is that, "In speaking to people, you either speak life into them, or death into them." In an area that speaks so much death, Mr. Sutton is speaking life.
Edward 'Ted' Sutton received his Masters Degree in Criminology, specializing in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention from Coppin State College. He was affiliated with the characters in the HBO television drama, THE WIRE, a series about life on the streets in Baltimore, MD. The series featured Mr. Sutton's mentor, Little Melvin Williams, one of the main characters on the series; that was also featured in BET's documentary series, American Gangster.
Mr. Sutton's life began to turn around, and he made a bold decision to change. He is a sought after motivational speaker, and is a trained certified gang intervention specialist. He has traveled around the country speaking and training at community events, church functions, schools, Universities, and other organizations about youth-focused issues. Additionally, he renders his services to prison inmates and the community in an effort to create better relationships between rival gangs and its members.
Mr. Sutton has also provided relationship and communication training to police officers at the Baltimore City Police Academy to assist in building better relationships between urban youth and the police department. He has published a brochure, titled "What to Do When Stopped by The Police", a resource guide tailored to youth understanding the law and their legal rights.
He started the first library at the Baltimore City Correctional Center and has addressed Congress in Washington, DC, to speak on the plight of youth and young adults. In 2010, Mr. Sutton was interviewed by the British Broadcasting News, and in 2011 he was interviewed by the Rolling Stone magazine, and the Washington Post. Mr. Sutton was also nominated and selected to represent Baltimore, Maryland in the 2011 Who's Who Registry among Executives and Professionals.
Friday, 21 October 2011
1. He nationalised Libya's oil industry & has worked to improve the price that Libya is paid for that oil.
2. He used oil revenue to build hospitals, schools, universities, roads, free housing for all Libyan people, the Great Man Made River project which provides 70% of Libyans with pure deep aquifer water. He achieved this without borrowing a penny from Rothschild.
3. Libya has no debt. It has the highest standard of living in Africa, & above Russia, Brazil & Saudi Arabia according to the UN.
4. All loans are debt free. Usury (interest on loans) is against the law.
5. Before Qaddafi came to power, less than one fifth of the people were literate. Now it's 83%.
6. Free healthcare. If treatment is not available in Libya, then the government will fund foreign healthcare.
7. Libya is largely self sufficient in food production. Anyone wishing to be a farmer is given free use of land, a home, equipment, livestock & seeds.
8. He promised that his own parents would not be housed until ALL Libyans were housed. He kept his promise & his father died before he was able to house him. All Libyans are given homes for FREE.
GADDAFI PLACED $97 BILLION ON TABLE TO FREE AFRICA FROM IMPERIALISM!
Why They Want Him, Dead!
The Picture: War on Libya is War on Entire Africa
Source: Reuters Edited By: Quoriana
In 2010 Gaddafi offered to invest $97 billion in Africa to free it from Western influence, on condition that African states rid themselves of corruption and nepotism. Gaddafi always dreamed of a Developed, United Africa and was about to make that dream come true - and nothing is more terrifying to the West than a Developed, United Africa.
Here is a selection of the initiatives Libya has already put in place in Africa, as well as some of the projects it is planning, explaining why the West's illegal war against Libya also is a war against Entire Africa.
AFRICAN UNION: Libya is one of the biggest contributors to the budget of the African Union. A Libyan diplomat told Reuters Libya is one of five countries -- the others are Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa -- which cover 75 percent of the Union's budget. "Libya makes its full required contribution to AU funds. Not all countries do and that buys it influence," a senior African Union official said.
MALI: For several years Mali has been confronted with the activities of the radical Islamist militia Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in its northern deserts. Gaddafi’s money and diplomacy have helped to resolve conflicts in northern Mali between rebels and the government. In 2010 Libya has given Mali two security planes to combat insecurity in the north of the country. These conflicts could flare up again if Gaddafi exits the stage. Nowadays Gaddafi has many supporters in Mali who regularly march to protest against the Western-led military intervention in Libya.
CONGO: Libya has put $65 billion into sovereign wealth funds, including one which is specifically designed to make investments in Africa. The Libyan Arab African Investment Company, a vehicle of Libya's Africa sovereign wealth fund, owns Le Meridien, one of the biggest hotels in Congo. The hotel is undergoing refurbishment paid for by Libyan investment. In 2010, Libya planned to fund the building of a highway north of Congo's capital Brazzaville, where also the building of a mosque is planned.
LIBERIA: Libya has provided millions in investment projects, helping to strengthen the rule of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in one of Africa’s most impoverished nations. Gaddafi's help includes the funding of a rubber processing factory built in Gbarnga, Bong County, a technical and vocational school for the handicapped, as well as Libyan assistance in helping Liberia tackle the food crisis and renovation for the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.
NIGER: Also in Niger Gaddafi has helped to prop up the government and the authorities would become more fragile without his financial help. Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi visited Niger in August 2010 and announced the creation of a $100 million investment fund for Niger as part of a strengthening of bilateral ties. Under earlier agreements, Libya is contributing 100 million euros for the construction of a Trans-Sahara highway in the north of Niger, according to sources close to Niger's foreign ministry. The local subsidiary of Libya Oil, along with Total, are the major players in Niger's fuel retailing business.
CHAD: Gaddafi has been a key supporter of the government, which would weaken if it lost his aid revenue. Chad has been plagued by civil wars and invasions after its independence from France in 1960. After years of unrest, Gaddafi seals a peace agreement for Chad between four Chadian rebel groups and the Chadian government in 2007, which agreement was signed in Sirte.
In 2010 Libya made a huge investment in Chad's National Telecom, which meant a boost of the number of the Chadian mobile phone users from 100,000 to two million.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Libya has helped to prop up the fragile government, sending paratroopers into the capital in 2001 to defeat a rebel assault. In 2008 Gaddafi played a role in the formation of a peace agreement between the government and rebel groups.
MAURITANIA: Gaddafi was the first head of state to visit after a 2008 coup which brought President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to power. Aziz, who subsequently won a presidential election, has visited Gaddafi several times since then. Even Mauritanian opposition politicians have gone to Tripoli to pledge allegiance to the Libyan leader. Mauritania has debts to Libya of about $200 million. During discussions on debt relief in May 2010, the Libyan Central Bank announced Libya would provide $50 in grants to build a hospital and a university. The university is to be named after Gaddafi.
SUDAN: The 20,000-troop peacekeeping mission in Dafur, jointly supported by the African Union and the United Nations, could be hampered if the African Union (AU) loses funding from Gaddafi and destabilize the country. Gaddafi, who blamed the crisis in Darfur on Israel, made a number of attempts to broker peace talks between Darfur rebels and the Sudanese government.
In October 2010, Gaddafi warned ahead of a vote on possible independence for South Sudan that a partition of the country would be a “contagious disease” that could spread to other African states.
ETHIOPIA: The African Union, based in Ethiopia's capital, could find itself in financial trouble if it loses the massive support that Gaddafi gives it. Under his rule, Libya supplied 15% of the AU’s membership dues, and it also paid the dues of many smaller and poorer African nations. To seek for a solution of the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict, Gaddafi has sent a special envoy to Ethiopia in 2000. In 2008, Libya's OiLibya bought Shell Ethiopia. This agreement also included retaining all Shell employees, who were hoping to work in a better environment since a long time
SOMALIA: The African Union peace keeping mission, whose 8,000 soldiers are crucial to the battle against Islamic radicals in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, could be severely weakened if the AU lost the financial support of Gaddafi. In 2008 Libya decided to grant an investment fund to Somalia through the Sahel-Saharan Investment and Trade Bank to fund infrastructures such as roads and bridges within Somalia.
GAMBIA: Libyan firms own two hotels and the "Dream Park" entertainment centre in Gambia. Gambian agriculture has received support from Libya, including a donation of seven new tractors. In 2009 Gaddafi gave two camels to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh as a gift. The Libyan and Gambian presidents have exchanged visits and senior Gambian officials attended ceremonies in September to mark the anniversary of Gaddafi coming to power. On September 7, 2009, Gambia celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Al Fateh Revolution: "In Libya everyone enjoys Freedom!".
Friday, 14 October 2011
Rick Ross is unconscious and paramedics are desperately trying to resuscitate him.
Rick was on a flight going from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis today, when the rapper lost consciousness. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing.
Emergency workers tell us the call came in at 12:55 PM ET ... the caller reported a seizure.
Ross is currently on a gurney at the airport, and an eyewitness tells us EMT workers are administering CPR. Members of Rick's entourage are standing by, some of them extremely emotionally upset.
11:05 AM PST: It appears Rick Ross is now tweeting, claiming he is okay.
10:57 AM PST: Police confirm Ross has been transported to a nearby hospital.
A family member tells TMZ, Rick is currently under close supervision and is doing fine. We're told drugs and alcohol were not involved.
10:50 AM PST: Rapper Wale -- one of Rick's closest friends -- just tweeted, "I just talked to Ross...he's 100 pct ok.." Another member of Rick's entourage DJ Sam Sneaker also says the rapper is okay.
10:36 AM PST: A witness tells TMZ, Rick fell unconscious right after take-off.
We're told his entourage jumped out of their seats to alert plane personnel -- at which point a doctor on board administered CPR on the rapper.
The plane made an emergency landing right away -- and we're told, as Rick was being wheeled off the aircraft, he appeared to show signs of life.
Story developing ...
Monday, 10 October 2011
Fresh on the heels of his latest EP #TheDoors "The Fastest Rising Star In ALL Of Entertainment!" Fonzo hooks up with Europe's highest ranked mixtape DJ (DJ Ames) to release #DreamBig. Covering a wide range of topics and worldwide features from talent such as R&B Superstar Tank, No Limit Records G5-J, Words Worthy, Grinch, Shabba Himself and more #DreamBig does not fail to deliver the goods at every frickin' turn!.
3. Dream Big
4. Survival Of The Fittest
5. Ya Dig
6. B-Town Is The Kraziest
7. A Gangsta Want You feat Tank
8. Freestyle feat Lil Itch & Grinch
9. Boss Music feat G5-J
10. Jezebel feat Words Worthy
11. Charlie Sheen (Skit)
12. Black Sopranos feat Hydrolic & Eddie Kane Jr
13. New Regime feat Grinch
14. Fonzie Baby
15. Thief's Theme
16. How The Gangstaz Love It Shabba Himself
18. Get It feat I-eXcel
19. Rockin' With The Best feat Orlando
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